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17-11-70

Elton John

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Album Review

The great thing about this early live record is its obscurity — not just that this isn't one of his better-known records, but that the set list is a fanboy's dream, heavy on album tracks, covers, and the kinds of song that make Elton John's early work so individual. It's not just that there are no hits here, but it's that these six (seven, on the CD reissue) songs emphasize the spare, hard-rocking bluesy singer/songwriter that may not have written his own words, but always sang them with conviction and melodies that made them seem like his own. This may be a minor effort in his catalog, but that's part of its pleasure — it's certainly a record from the time before Elton the superstar, as he tears through Tumbleweed Connection tracks prior to the record's release, does a phenomenal reworking of "Honky Tonk Women," hauls out B-sides like "Bad Side of the Moon," and gives a fierce, infectious performance. It's not essential for anyone but obsessives, but if you want any indication of what Elton sounded like prior to his big break, this is an excellent, even intoxicating, summary.

Customer Reviews

This is not the Original recording!

This "UK-Release Mix" release has had tons of reverb added to it - no idea why - the original recording is simply superb - Elton as a young and raw talent. Go find an orginal copy on Ebay - its a thousand times better. You'll thank me. Note however that Amoreena is not on the original recording.

Just go it coz I had to!

Very simply put, having had the privilige of seeing Elton at 60 at Madisson Square Gardens, '60 years on' here is the closest to one of the most moving songs I have ever heard him sing. You godda get this to really feel his singing and the true vibe of that particular song - I bet he never thoght he would sing that at 60!

Great CD

Owned it on LP, Cassette and CD. Timeless, great tunes. Buy it you know you want to

Biography

Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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